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Institutions compete to be health and safety planning supervisors


TWO PROFESSIONAL institutions are competing to offer members the chance to become approved health and safety planing supervisors, it emerged this week.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Association of Planning Supervisors (APS) were this week both moving to set up approved lists of planning supervisors.

Planning supervisors are responsible for coordinating the health and safety aspects of the design and planning phases of construction projects, under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994.

Last week the APS used its annual conference in Bath to launch 'The planning supervisors' guide to the management of planning supervision'.

The APS hopes this will eventually be the basis for a raised standard of membership. Membership could depend on candidates demonstrating that they have adopted principles set out in the guide.

Meanwhile, ICE Council has approved the establishment of an ICE register of planning supervisors for professionally qualified members of the Institution actively engaged in planning supervision work.

ICE members must meet a series of stringent criteria before they can go onto the register.

These include:

A minimum of 10 years' industry experience attending a five or six day approved course passing an 'open book' test and interview where candidates can consult source material.

Once on the ICE register, members will be required to demonstrate continuing professional development by resubmitting their CPD record every two years and sitting a review every five years.

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